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Posted 6 months ago.


Oxford County is upgrading one of the lagoon cells at the Tavistock Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Regular maintenance is needed to ensure the lagoon system is operating efficiently and protects the local ecosystem.

What we’ve done since our last update

In response to community feedback about odour, we paused construction in the spring to look for additional measures we could take to address this concern.

  • We temporarily returned Cell 1 to its normal operating capacity to manage odours to the degree possible. We used Bioxide (calcium nitrate) and hydrogen peroxide to more quickly restore the natural microbial biological action that is needed in the lagoon cell to most effectively break down sewage.
  • In July, we expanded our odour control system to include a new vapour pipeline system along the lagoon property line that blows a dry mist odour neutralizer through pipelines and into the air to bind with odourous materials. This expanded system is intended to provide a more effective and longer lasting odor neutralizer that can cover a wider area around the lagoon cells.
  • All sewage flows to the Tavistock WWTP are now being diverted into Cell 2. We have relocated surface aerators from Lagoon Cell 1 to Cell 2 to boost performance of this cell to prepare to restart construction on Cell 1. We’ve also set up an automated dosing system for Bioxide for Cell 2 to enhance its biological performance (and odour management capacity) during peak times.
  • We have left extra aeration time for sewage to break down in Lagoon Cell 1 before resuming construction.

Managing odour as we restart construction

Later this month, we will begin transferring treated sewage in Lagoon Cell 1 into Lagoon Cell 2. Once Cell 1 is emptied, active work can then begin to dry and remove the remaining biosolids over the latter part of the summer and early fall. The biosolids will need some time to naturally dry out and odours can be present when biosolids are first exposed to air.

In addition to the expanded vapour pipeline system, we are using chemical treatment enhancers to boost operational performance of the lagoon (Bioxide additions to Cell 2) to manage odour to the degree possible. We have also made preparations to apply thickening agents or other materials directly to the biosolids to help speed up the drying process as appropriate. We are also exploring other processes for removing biosolids that may allow a shorter drying time so that we can move them offsite sooner.

Moving forward

Oxford County is committed to the health and safety of residents and the environment. As we have explained, all operational practices during construction were reviewed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks before undertaking these essential capital upgrades, which are required to ensure the lagoon’s continued safe and effective operation.

We thank the community for its patience as we continue our work at the Tavistock WWTP while working to address your concerns. For more information on this project:

Visit our project information page at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup

Contact:
Jesse Keith, P.Eng., Project Engineer
1-866-537-7778, ext. 3194
jkeith@oxfordcounty.ca

Alex Brown, C. Tech, Construction Coordinator
1-866-537-7778, ext. 3138
abrown@oxfordcounty.ca

(For map with Cell 1 Vapour System Location see attached PDF file)


Posted 5 days ago.

We're hiring!

The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock is accepting applications for the position of Summer Student Co-op - Asset Management Field Technician.

Additional information about the position, responsibilities and qualifications required are available from the Township’s website at www.ezt.ca/employment or by contacting the Township Office.

To apply, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume, as a single PDF file, by 4:00 pm Friday February 19, 2021 to hr@ezt.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Personal information collected will be used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of candidate selection.

The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process, upon request.


Posted 9 days ago.

The 2021 Development Charges Update Study is now available online at: http://ezt.ca/Portals/EastZorraTavistock/Documents/EZT%202021%20DC%20Update%20Study%20Report_1.pdf

The Development Charges Study provides the basis and background required to update the Township’s development charges to accurately reflect the future servicing needs of new development. The analysis assesses the development-related costs associated with Township services.

For more information regarding Development Charges visit:                                             http://ezt.ca/Business/Building-Development/Development-Charges


Posted 10 days ago.

Community Engagement – We Want Your Feedback!

The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock has heard clearly that traffic and speed concerns in the community are important issues.  In response, Council has been actively reviewing this matter, including the possibility of engaging an additional officer through the OPP to provide a specific focus on traffic related enforcement on the Township’s roadways (considered to be an “enhancement” to the Township’s current policing contract with the OPP). 

Recently, the Township received the proposed agreement from the OPP for an additional officer, with the matter discussed at the December 16, 2020 Council meeting.  The associated staff report, including the proposed agreement from the OPP, can be found here: http://ezt.ca/Portals/EastZorraTavistock/Documents_Forms/agd/2020/2020-12-16.pdf#page=56

Council is very interested in receiving feedback from residents regarding this potential option and whether it meets with resident expectations in addressing traffic and speed concerns on Township roads.  Feedback, questions and clarification can be directed to members of Council at their contact information, below.

Please provide your feedback by Wednesday February 10, 2021, as Council will be discussing this matter further at its February 17, 2021 meeting.  Alternatively, written feedback may be sent directly to Township Clerk Will Jaques at wjaques@ezt.ca .  All written feedback received will be included on the Agenda for the February 17th meeting, for Council consideration.

Mayor

Don McKay

dmckay@ezt.ca

519-532-2500

Deputy Mayor

Don Edmiston

dedmiston@ezt.ca

519-788-0640

Councillor – Ward 1

Margaret Lupton

mlupton@ezt.ca

519-412-0065

Councillor – Ward 1

Phil Schaefer

pschaefer@ezt.ca

519-655-3932

Councillor – Ward 2

Scott Rudy

srudy@ezt.ca

519-535-8624

Councillor – Ward 3

Matthew Gillespie

mgillespie@ezt.ca

519-533-8556

Councillor – Ward 3

Jeremy Smith

jsmith@ezt.ca

519-536-6363


Posted 11 days ago.

COVID-19 Update – Office Closure

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, declared a second provincial emergency yesterday afternoon under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA), effective January 12, 2021.

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the Ontario government is also issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

Please be advised that in accordance with the Provincial Stay Home Order, the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock municipal office will be closed as of Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Township staff are available to our residents through phone and email. During this time we encourage all residents to go to our website at http://ezt.ca/ to access online services and contact information for each department.

During this time all Controlled Burns will be allowed, however they must be confirmed by speaking with a staff member or receiving a confirmation email from staff to ensure that dispatch has been properly notified.

We are not aware of any interruption in the Waste Management schedules at this time but should this situation change we will post updates through the Township social media. If you need to purchase bag tags, they can be purchased online at https://www.oxfordcounty.ca/services-for-you/waste-management/garbage-program#44891

Accessing accurate and timely information will be very important over the next few weeks and so we advise all residents to regularly check for Public Health updates from Southwestern Public Health at https://www.swpublichealth.ca/en/my-health/covid-19-novel-coronavirus.aspx

These next few weeks are very important in keeping our communities healthy and we all need to do our part.


Posted 31 days ago.

Chilly weather means keeping cozy inside your home. Remember to maintain your heating equipment as the temperature drops.

Clear debris, snow and ice from all chimneys, gas meters, outside vents and natural gas appliances to prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide.


Posted one month ago.

Please note that controlled burn permits will be suspended from Thursday December 24, 2020 until Monday January 4, 2021.

Please remember that controlled burn permits can only be processed by speaking with an office staff member, and no voicemail messages can be left requesting a controlled burn permit.


Posted one month ago.

Holiday Office Hours:

The Hickson Municipal Office will close on Thursday December 24th at 12:00pm and reopen on Monday January 4th at 8:30am.

Waste collection regularly scheduled for Friday December 25th will be collected on Saturday December 26th, and waste collection regularly scheduled for Friday January 1st will be collected on Saturday January 2nd.

Roads Maintenance Operation and Emergency Services will continue as normal throughout the Holiday Hours.

Upon reopening on January 4th and in accordance with the Province Wide Shutdown, the Municipal office in Hickson will remain open, but at reduced staffing levels. During this time we strongly encourage all residents to go to our website at http://ezt.ca/ to access online services and contact information for each department.


Posted one month ago.

COVID-19 Update:

In an effort to help lessen the impacts of the community spread of COVID-19, and in accordance with the Province Wide Shutdown, as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday December 26, 2020 the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock will close all municipal indoor recreational facilities. This includes the Tavistock Arena, Tavistock Memorial Hall and the Innerkip Community Centre.

The Municipal office in Hickson will remain open but at reduced staffing levels. During this time we strongly encourage all residents to go to our website at http://ezt.ca/ to access online services and contact information for each department.

We are not aware of any interruption in the Waste Management schedules at this time but should this situation change we will post updates through the Township social media.

Public Health is strongly recommending that people stay at home and only go out for essential needs. We advise all residents to regularly check for Public Health updates from Southwestern Public Health at www.swpublichealth.ca

The official Province Wide Shutdown document released from the provincial government is available at: Provincewide Shutdown (ontario.ca)


Posted one month ago.

Stay Safe! Stay Off The Ice!

The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock does not monitor the ice thickness of any stormwater ponds. Ice conditions are unknown and unpredictable. Stay safe, stay off the ice!

Stormwater ponds have an inlet and outlet pipe with water flowing much of the year. Moving water, water temperature changes due to vegetation, drainage, and fluctuating weather conditions leads to unknown, unpredictable and dangerous ice conditions.

If they can’t be used for recreation, what’s the point of stormwater ponds?

Stormwater ponds serve an important function in the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock’s stormwater management system. A stormwater pond has two main purposes. The first is for residential flood protection. The second is to improve the water quality of stormwater before it enters natural creeks and rivers.

Stay safe this winter, stay off the ice!


Posted one month ago.

Winter Fire Hydrant Safety:

With the winter weather arriving, it is important to remember to keep fire hydrants free from snow and ice. In an emergency, every minute matters.

If you have a hydrant on your property, help by clearing the snow and ice away from it.


Posted 2 months ago.

Please do not push snow or ice onto the road or sidewalk when clearing your driveway; this applies to both our urban and rural residents in the Township.

This practice endangers the safety of the motoring public, as well as snow removal equipment and its operators.

Hazards created by pushing snow onto road allowances can include:

  • Frozen snow piles that can cause extensive damage to snow removal equipment and injury to the operators;
  • An increase to the chance of accidents with traffic traveling on the road;
  • Increased drifting snow in the area;
  • Snow piles that cause drainage obstruction in the spring run off.

We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.  It will assist us greatly in keeping everyone safe this winter. 


Posted 2 months ago.

On November 23, 2020 Southwestern Public Health issued a Revised Letter of Instruction for Businesses. For more information and resources visit:

COVID-19 Resources for Workplaces and Employers - Southwestern Public Health (swpublichealth.ca)


Posted 2 months ago.

On November 25 at 12:55 p.m., there will be a test of the Alert Ready system in Ontario. This includes testing on compatible mobile devices, television and radio. Learn more: https://www.alertready.ca/ #AlertReady


Posted 2 months ago.

Oxford County recently installed new pedestrian crossovers in Drumbo, Innerkip, Ingersoll, Tillsonburg and Thamesford (coming soon) to improve road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Know your role. Pedestrians have the right of way at crossovers. Drivers and cyclists must stop behind the pavement markings and wait until pedestrians have completely crossed the road before proceeding. Drivers and cyclists not following the rules may face fines of up to $1,000 and drivers may incur four (4) demerit points.

Look for the new pedestrian crossovers in our Township, located in Innerkip at:

• Blandford Street at Stratford Street and Young Street

• Oxford Road 33 at Stonegate Road

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